Material Girl By Susan Bordo Analysis

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Beyond The Spotlight: The Misrepresentation of Women
TLC’s original music video, “Unpretty” and Susan Bordo’s essay, “Material Girl” critiques the way women portray themselves by society’s definition of beauty. Women will compete for their spouse’s attention against other females with sexually, idolized bodies because they feel they lack certain aspects. Women must learn to love themselves before they can love someone else and know their self-worth; otherwise, they may take whatever that person thinks and feels about them and have the same outlook about themselves. Women are putting themselves through unrealistic, desperate measures to pleasure themselves
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Bordo asserts ”women are never happy” by putting into perspective of how women can be externally motivated, having them to rely on others thoughts and feelings to make themselves feel better instead of internally motivating themselves. Also, they may not like the way surgery results each time and end up going back for more to gain that “perfect” look they desire Women think that changing up their natural bodies by getting surgeries resulting in big boobs, a big butt, or even being skinny is what makes them stand out more. This may be because of low self-esteem, no confidence, depression, or they surround themselves around people who comments on them negatively. While in a scene in the music video, singer Chili and her boyfriend is shown looking at a simulator where he wants her to get bigger breast implants. She fairly decides to go along with it. This proves that women don’t tend to think of their well-being and how it’ll affect them when it comes to guys putting pressure on them to do something out of their nature. Also, women are brainwashed at the fact that they don’t put into perspective about the people they date, which could be causing the problem. Afterwards there shows a young girl sitting in a plastic surgeon’s office awaiting the removal of her breast implants. This proves that even the younger generation is getting themselves involved in …show more content…
Medical News Today editor Christian Nordvark states that “a much greater proportion of patients who undergo cosmetic surgery have psychological problems, such as depression or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) compared to people who never went such procedures. BDD is a body imaging disorder that is characterized in the belief of one owns appearance is defective and can be hidden or fixed. Women have different ways to deal with their emotions, some resorting to surgery and others eating their lives away. This results in low self-esteem. Most celebrities looked attractive before resorting to cosmetic surgery, such as Megan Fox, Lil Kim, and Janice Dickinson. Women think plastic surgery is the route to take to cover up their flaws, but sometimes it ends up creating a much bigger defect for everyone to view. The risks of getting cosmetic surgery outweigh the benefits heavily. Women wish to look better after surgery, now on the other hand, the risks involve hematoma (a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel), pneumonia, scarring, complications from anesthesia, even death, and many more. Beauty comes from within the body. Most women should change themselves internally because that’s where the problem relates to more than the

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